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Evacuation drill at Larnaca airport

An evacuation exercise took place in the early hours of Thursday at Larnaca airport aimed at assessing the readiness level and the coordination of all the relevant departments during an emergency situation

Hermes Airports said the drill had been a complete success.

According to the scenario of the exercise, the airport initially received a dual bomb threat, both against an aircraft preparing for takeoff, and against the terminal building.

The scenario envisaged that the telephone threats were real, something which led to a detonation of an explosive device hidden in the departure lounge.

Relevant authorities, police, civil aviation and other were then tested on their response.

The Emergency Coordination Centre gave instructions to extinguish a small fire which broke out in the departure area, evacuate people in the area and provide first aid to injured people.

Authorities then ordered the immediate and complete evacuation of both the terminal building and the aircraft. The detection of a second explosive device led to a controlled explosion and a thorough inspection of the departure area, before allowing the public to return to the terminal.
The following services were actively involved in the exercise: Civil Aviation Department, Airport Police Security, Police Headquarters Pyrotechnics, Police Dog Division (K9), Aliens and Immigration Unit, Fire Service at Larnaca Airport, Control Tower, Cyprus Airways, Larnaca General Hospital, Ground Handling Companies (Swissport and LGS Handling), CTC-ARI, Cyprus Airports Food & Beverage, S&L and Volunteers.
The exercise was conducted in accordance with the regulations of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO).


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